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Silent Hunter III

Silent Hunter III comes in four editions:
  • The EMEA DVD (Europe, Middle East, Africa) edition, which can be purchased mainly in European shops
  • The EMEA download edition (playvideogames.virginmedia.com, probably others)
  • The US DVD edition
  • The US download edition (Direct2Drive, digitalstore.ubi.com)

The EMEA edition has support for more than the English language, at least German and Russian is reported (but not in the same box?).

No Italian version seems to be available, except as an unoffical translation patch/mod.

Application Details:

Version: 1.4b-EMEA
License: Retail
URL: http://silent-hunteriii.com
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.0.3

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Test Results

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What works

  • Download via mediamarkt.de (via their downloader)
  • Installation (with integrated patches)
  • Playing (single player)
  • Using Mods like GWX 3.0, LSH 5.1, AotD 2.2

What does not

  • Intel driver sometimes screw up the HUD when rotating periscope or in external view / event camera

Workarounds

What was not tested

  • Multiplayer
  • Career

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Made a new x32 environment.And installed the game.No winetricks needed. The mods work very good but be careful that some are not cross compatible. The game works flawlessly with nvidia (331.38) over bumblebee (3.2.1). Thats why I think its platinium. With Intel i915 (2.99.910) I would rate it bronze because the hud is sometimes not useable and thats not good if you are under time pressure. Played on Dell XPS 14 with Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3537U CPU @ 2.00GHz Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller NVIDIA Corporation GF117M

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
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ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Nov 19 20183.0.3Yes Yes YesGolddadu042 
ShowLinux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" x86-64Sep 18 20151.7.50Yes Yes SilverCtirad Horkel 
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Feb 18 20141.7.12Yes Yes PlatinumMario Oelze 
ShowLinux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" x86_64Dec 30 20151.6.2Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowMac OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion"Sep 08 20131.6Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO - Running Silent Hunter 3 with Wine

The game itself works, but some care must be taken during instalaltion in order to get it working correctly.
Note and disclaimer:
This has been tested only with Silent Hunter 3 - EMEA DVD edition - version 1.4b. Please contact me for your success regarding the US or the downlaod editions of this game.
First step: Install the game.
This is easy: push the DVD in and run "wine setup.exe". Install all the options including Directx9 video codecs and Acrobat Reader 7 (this one might be left out if you have space concerns). Installation will run swiftly and complete in a few minutes with no assle. I suggest not to install the GameShadow crap since you will not need it.
Run wineboot to reboot windows, but DO NOT RUN THE GAME YET!
Second step: Patch the game to 1.4b
Go to the Ubisoft Silent Hunter 3 homepage (see link in game description) and download the right patch for you. I have tested only the EMEA DVD 1.4b patch. The download is about 20MB and could take a while, but once you have it simply unzip and run it with wine. The patch will locate your installation and patch it to the latest (1.4b) version.
Run wineboot to reboot windows, but DO NOT RUN THE GAME YET!!
Third step: apply a NO-CD crack to the game
No, i am not suggesting to illegally play this game, nor i am suggesting to pursue any illegal or unethic behaviour. If this step is illegal in your country or if you believe it to be unethical, please stop here and forget about running Silent Hunter 3 under wine.
Unfortunately, Ubisoft has choosen a copy protection mechanism for their game that is NOT supported by wine at the moment. So, even if you own an original version of the game you must find, download and apply a NO-CD (or better NO-DVD in this case) patch. I am not giving you any direct link to any potential illegal stuff, unzip it and put all the enclosed files (some dlls and one exe) on the game directory replacing the original provided ones. I strongly suggest backing up the existing one first.
Run wineboot to reboot windows, but DO NOT RUN THE GAME YET!!
Last step: Now run the game!
Either run wine sh3.exe from the game directory or use the Start Menu shortcut, the loading screen might take some time, then the menu page will show up and... Good Luck!

Note: if "xrandr | grep 1024x" does not report 50.0 Hz as an option

(for example: "   1024x768       75.0     70.0     60.0 " )

you must fiddle with your X config until it does report 50 Hz, or apply this patch to get the game running.

Please report any success story for other editions than the EMEA DVD!

Graphics issues
This patch is recommended for proper smoke, fire and water spray effects. See bug 8826 for details.
WARNING
Make sure that this key exists in the wine registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\DirectSound
In that key, create a string MaxShadowSize with value 0 . Or the game may run out of virtual memory and crash.
See bug 9612 for details.

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